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Pikeville in Bledsoe County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Pikeville During the Civil War

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By Tom Bosse, October 22, 2017
1. Pikeville During the Civil War Marker
Inscription. The Bledsoe County Courthouse in front of you stands on the site of the first courthouse, which was completed by 1821. During the Civil War, in August 1862, Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg led his Army of Tennessee north from Chattanooga to invade Kentucky. A Confederate veteran later stated that "General Bragg and his army used the ...courthouse as a hospital" in August and September.

To your left is the John Bridgman House, the home of a civic and business leader who constructed the Federal-style dwelling about 1830. In 1861, his son, John M. Bridgman, organized a company of Confederate infantry in Bledsoe County called the Tulloss Rangers. Federal troops occupied the house in 1863. Pennsylvania cavalry Capt. William F. Colton described a social gathering there on Christmas Eve 183: "A small party of the Fifteenth [Pennsylvania Cavalry]...smuggled some of the nicest of the girls away and finished the party at Judge Frazier's house."

The Story (later the Ferguson) Hotel, which was constructed early in the 1800s and later expanded stood just to the left of the Bridgman House. On June 20, 1862, Union forces under Gen. Ebenezer Dumont crossed the Cumberland Mountains to Pikeville. Col. William B. Sipes led a cavalry charge against 600 Confederate defenders here, causing them to retreat in confusion. Sipe's men captured
Pikeville During the Civil War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 22, 2017
2. Pikeville During the Civil War Marker
142 prisoners without any Union casualties, occupied the town, and took over and ransacked the hotel, destroying many of its furnishings. They also enlisted some 200 loyal mountaineers in the Union army before returning to Murfreesboro.

Captions:
Bledsoe County Courthouse, photograph ca. 1900, Courtesy Bledsoe County Historical and Genealogical Society

John Bridgman House, photograph ca. 1990 - Courtesy Elizabeth Robnett

Story Hotel, photograph ca. 1900, Courtesy Bledsoe County Historical and Genealogical Society
 
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 35° 36.37′ N, 85° 11.338′ W. Marker is in Pikeville, Tennessee, in Bledsoe County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Tennessee Route 28) and Spring Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3150 Main St, Pikeville TN 37367, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bledsoe County (within shouting distance of this marker); James Beriah Frazier (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gov. James B. Frazier (about 500 feet away); Bragg Invades Kentucky
Gen. Braxton Bragg, C.S.A. image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
3. Gen. Braxton Bragg, C.S.A.
(approx. mile away); Rhea County / Bledsoe County (approx. 5.2 miles away); Sequatchie College (approx. 8 miles away); Gilbert Gaul, Civil War Painter (approx. 11.2 miles away); William Jennings Bryan (approx. 12.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pikeville.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Col. William B. Sipes, U.S.A. image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
4. Col. William B. Sipes, U.S.A.
John Bridgman House image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
5. John Bridgman House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 23, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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